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Choice of wire flooring for Coturnix Quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by laughingull, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. laughingull

    laughingull Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all, been searching through the posts on Coturnix housing. Currently mine are on dirt but I want to change that- lift my coop and expose its wire floor. The floor is made of 1/2" hardware cloth (not coated). Is that OK for their feet or do I need to replace the floor and if so with what? Much thanks.
     
  2. LivingRootsFarm

    LivingRootsFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    That is what my quail are on. Plus I have a sandbox and twigs/branches in their cage as well.
     
  3. 1/2'' Hardware cloth is best. You may want to do as many also do and put a sandbox and some other small flat surfaces if you are duly concerned about their feet. However the cloth will be alright. TIME TESTED AND TRUE.
     
  4. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2011
    Balbriggan, Ireland
    very true, i made my coop with 1/4'' hardware cloth....the poo get stuck to it alot, i gotta get a grill brush and scrape it off once a month.
     
  5. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    Quote:So true. The 1/4" is good for about the first 2 weeks of age, then it becomes a poo-poo mat. I'm putting my Bobs on 1/2" wire at 7 days at the latest.
     
  6. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    1/2 Inch Hardware Cloth Is Hard To Beat
     
  7. lebedkat

    lebedkat Out Of The Brooder

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    So one week old cheeks are OK to be moved to 1/2" wire???
     
  8. laughingull

    laughingull Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much to all! Wow this makes my job a bit easier- just have to get the dirt out [​IMG] Your advice is much much appreciated!!!!!!!
     
  9. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Personally I think at least part of their flooring should be solid (wood, cardboard, etc), but I guess that's a matter of opinion more than anything. I wouldn't like to be on wire all the time and mine surely do spend most of their time on the solid parts.

    I use mostly 1" x 1/2" wire on my cage floors and didn't see any difference.
     
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2011
  10. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2011
    Balbriggan, Ireland
    i run a 1/3 wood floor and 2/3 1/4'' cloth floor(i should have put 1/2"). they love spending time in the wooded part, thats where they lay, the sandbox is, and the toys for them are.
     

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